The Career Channel
Career Talk
Career Talk is a 20-minute interview show hosted by UC San Diego Extension.

Each month, experts from a variety of industries discuss the latest trends in today's workplace.

Date: 12/8/2017
From the minute you get the call to set up your interview appointment, the interview has started. Tune in to this edition of the Career Talk podcast with guest Phil Blair of Manpower San Diego. Discover tips to help you think on your feet when interviewing for your next career.

Date: 11/24/2017
A resume is more than just a piece of paper - it's your introduction to a potential employer. It is easier to write than a research paper. Phil Blair of Manpower San Diego explains the do's and don'ts of resume writing on this edition of the Career Talk podcast.

Date: 11/10/2017
80% of jobs today are found through networking. You may not know someone at a company you are interested in working at, but you may know someone who knows someone. Find out how to navigate your network to get your next job.

Date: 9/8/2017
Peter Callstrom, President and CEO of San Diego Workforce Partnership talks about the research on jobs in San Diego and the free services offered to everyone through the San Diego Workforce Partnership.

Date: 8/25/2017
Phil Blair, author of "Job Won" and executive officer of Manpower San Diego, discusses the move from temporary placement services to the new, more sophisticated search for employees with the right fit for their employers.

Date: 8/18/2017
Aaron Justus is the Director of Brewing for Ballast Point. Beer hasn't always been his career - he started as a TV meteorologist. Justus talks about the craft beer boom and the steps to getting into the industry.

Date: 8/4/2017
Kolby Goodman is a career coach, career consultant, resume writer and the founder of Listen in as he talks about the big question, "What do you want to do when you grow up?"

Date: 7/21/2017
For more than a decade, Julia Dunlap has been in charge of UC San Diego Extension's paralegal programs. Most recently, she was selected by her peers to serve as president of the American Association for Paralegal Education. Dunlap talks about going digital and the future of paralegals.

Date: 7/7/2017
As Red Door Interactive's President & CEO, Reid Carr is there for clients and employees alike. Having began his career in advertising, he appreciates the integrity of the brand, but focuses on the fact that what we do for clients has to make them money. In this podcast, Carr talks about the modernization of the ad agency and what types of skills are in demand.

Date: 6/23/2017
Human Resources has evolved over the last couple of decades from a transactional department to more of a collaborative environment where both employees and employers benefit.

Date: 6/9/2017
Alan Bush, director of strategy for Ignite Visibility sheds light on some of the acronyms surrounding digital marketing.

Date: 5/26/2017
A real live rocket scientist turned entrepreneur, Neal Bloom is the talent advisor for, a site that connects companies with technical talent.

Date: 9/30/2016
As the Director of the World of Work initiative at the University of San Diego's Mobile Technology Learning Center, Ed Hidalgo leads the exploration of ways to connect the world of work to K12 education. His current role reflects many of the initiatives he drove at Qualcomm over the past decade where he worked in staffing/HR and government affairs. As a Senior Director of Government affairs, Ed was responsible for the Thinkabit_Lab⌐, a dedicated education-focused makerspace providing students exposure to technology and the world of work at Qualcomm. Recorded on 09/16/2016.

Date: 4/1/2016
With more than 2200 entities in operation, nonprofit organizations employ 8.1 percent of the total San Diego workforce. Are there particular skills or traits needed to find a job and thrive in this rewarding space? Explore the nonprofit career landscape with Laura Deitrick, Interim Director for the Institute for Nonprofit Research and Education at the University of San Diego. Recorded on 03/11/2016.

Date: 2/26/2016
Big data is a big buzzword. Zementis CEO Michael Zeller cuts through the hype and explains what big data is and its impact on a wide variety of fields.

Date: 2/12/2016
What do millennial employees need to know about the workplace? In turn, what do companies need to know about recruiting and retaining today's workforce? Tune in to Career Talk with our guest Christine DiDonato, founder of Career Revolution, Inc., for insight into employee and leadership development. Recorded on 01/25/2016.

Date: 11/6/2015
Career Talk host Jennifer Davies examines the tips and trends of marketing careers with Michael Baehr. Michael Baehr is a seasoned marketing, advertising, and communications professional with nearly thirty years of experience in both for-profit and non-profit sectors. His background includes marketing strategy, brand creation, crisis communications, creative advertising development, PR and cause-related marketing. He earned a B.A. at UCLA and an MBA at New York University's Stern School of Business. Michael is presently a marketing consultant and has served as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, various technology corporations including Iomega as well as Unilever, Estee Lauder, Chase Manhattan Bank and others. Recorded on 10/21/2015.

Date: 1/16/2015
A registered dietitian who values the life-long benefits of health and nutrition, Katie Ferraro teaches several courses at Extension. She's also an assistant clinical professor at the University of San Diego and at UC San Francisco. Eating right, she says, is a simple matter of what you eat, how often, how much, and when. She also believes that eating a handful of tortilla chips -- her favorite guilty snack -- is not inherently evil. Recorded on 01/08/2015.

Date: 12/19/2014
Fabio Comana has taught UC San Diego Extension courses in Physical Education & Exercise Science for nearly 15 years, preparing students for careers as fitness trainers. A native of South Africa, he's a current faculty member at San Diego State University, where he formerly served as men's rugby coach. An athlete throughout his life, he believes in the lasting value of moderation in all things, even exercise. Recorded on 12/11/2014.

Date: 11/21/2014
An Extension instructor in Paralegal, Richard Sachs teaches two courses, Criminal Law & Procedure and Evidence Law. He's also a long-time prosecutor and deputy district attorney with the City of San Diego. It's his job to make sure convicted criminals serve sufficient prison time before parole, a process known as "lifer hearings." Throughout his career, he has regarded law as "endlessly fascinating."

Date: 10/17/2014
The manager of CleanTech San Diego, Jacques Chirazi's role is to support and develop the region's fast-growing clean tech industry. He works closely with a wide range of private, public and nonprofit groups, spreading the word about the economic and healthy-living benefits of clean energy. An expert on biomimicry, he's one of three instructors for Extension's "Clean Energy/Clean Tech" course.

Date: 9/19/2014
As casting director at San Diego Repertory Theatre, known as "The Rep," Jacole Kitchen works with professional actors who have devoted a lifetime to their craft. As an Extension instructor, she teaches the craft of acting to serious theatre students, as well as to non-actors, those who desire to gain confidence as public speakers.

Date: 8/22/2014
We find out the latest from Alex Guazzelli, an expert in brain neurology who's responsible for developing the core predictive technology for Zementis, a San Diego-based technology firm. A UC San Diego Extension instructor in PMML (Predictive Model Markup Language), Guazzelli manages all scientific aspects and advanced analytics for the company. Recorded on 08/14/2014.

Date: 7/25/2014
Host John B.B. Freeman talks with Caitlin Rother, the best-selling true crime author who teaches "Writing Narrative Non-Fiction" at UC San Diego Extension. Rother is best known for "Lost Girls," her 2012 book that tells the gruesome story of convicted killer and sexual predator John Gardner. Instructive and inspiring, the 30-minute interview reveals how a professional author crafts her books and tells her stories, deals with criticism, and how she transfers her writing talents to the classroom.

Date: 7/25/2014
Christopher Vera, privacy manager at SDG&E, discusses the issues of privacy and cybersecurity as they relate to the workplace and our every-day lives. Vera develops and implements a customer privacy program for SDG&E, the public utility that provides energy services to 3.5 million consumers throughout San Diego and Orange County. He describes himself as an agent of positive and collaborative change, specializing in the building of information-security programs. Among his specialties are security strategy, incident response, vulnerability management, and security awareness. Away from cybersecurity, Chris prides himself as a cyber-poet, artist and writer within the mysterious cosmos.

Date: 4/26/2013
The Career Channel's Henry DeVries sits down for a conversation on careers with Camille Saltman, president of MD Revolution. Saltman provides strategic direction and oversight of all business development and operational activity and helps formulate and drive key business strategies across all areas of the business. Saltman was previously President of CONNECT and continues to be a member of CONNECT's board of directors. Over Saltman's six years with CONNECT she rebuilt the organization's world renowned Springboard program; established the Look Near First to keep outsourcing and manufacturing in San Diego -- an initiative recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative; and co-founded the Wireless Life Sciences Alliance, CleanTech San Diego, ranked one of the top 10 clean tech cluster organizations in the US.

Date: 3/14/2013
What is it that makes a leader? According to Cynthia Burnham, power and confidence can translate into success in the corporate world and beyond. Burnham, author of The Charisma Edge: A How-To Guide for Turning on Your Leadership Power, discusses how to construct the confidence needed to be a successful leader with host Henry DeVries.

Date: 3/8/2013
In the corporate world, waste is one of productivity's largest obstacles. And with technology's increasing speed and interconnectivity, it can be hard to sort effectively through the muda, the Japanese term for waste or uselessness. Lynn Coffman, author of Slay the Email Monster, joins host Henry DeVries to discuss ways to minimize wasteful work and focus effort productively.

Date: 2/8/2013
Peter Callstrom, president and CEO of San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP), discusses vital job training programs with host Henry DeVries. The San Diego Workforce Partnership funds job training programs that enable eligible adults to develop the skills and knowledge needed for emerging career opportunities within such fields as green jobs, healthcare, and clean technology.

Date: 2/8/2013
Neil Senturia, CEO of Blackbird Ventures, joins host Henry DeVries to discuss technology career trends. As an investor in high growth potential companies, Neil also serves as CEO of Oberon Fuels, which is developing a clean alternative to diesel fuel. He and his wife, Barbara Bry, teach entrepreneurship at UC San Diego and write a weekly column for U-T San Diego about entrepreneurship. Neil is also the author of "I'm There for You Baby, The Entrepreneur's Guide to the Galaxy," which is filled with valuable rules for entrepreneurs.